Suspects in Stillwater Throat Slashing Confess to Crime

Wednesday, September 9th 2009, 9:03 pm
By: News 9

By Kirsten McIntyre, NEWS 9

STILLWATER, Oklahoma -- Investigators believe a father and son accused of slashing a teen's throat and leaving him for dead had planned the crime.

Jason Wells, 19, was found staggering out of a wooded area by a fisherman Thursday morning at Lake McCurtry northwest of Stillwater. Stillwater Police said the teen had been stabbed multiple times near a gravel campsite and his throat had been cut with a pocket knife.

According to a probable cause affidavit Wells met the suspects, Howard Gashwazra and his son Aaron Gashwazra, in the bar area known as "The Strip" in Stillwater.

Court documents stated Howard confessed to police he was scared of his son, and that his son was searching for someone on which to release his anger.

When the father and son arrived at Lake McMurtry with Wells, Howard said he heard Wells scream for help, but Aaron told him not to worry about it.

Aaron and Howard then stripped Wells of his pants and shoes to hide evidence.

Howard said his son then told him not to worry because the victim was "surely dead."

Howard told police he participated in the crime out of fear, and that his son has severe anger issues and was just released from prison.

According to the court affidavit, Aaron confessed to the crime.

Both men are being held on a $1 million bond in the Noble County jail.

Wells is listed in critical condition at OU Medical Center.

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